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Wisconsin Amish; Grit & Pies

Ah, they are at it again.  At least some of the Amish communities in Wisconsin are quite conservative and very willing to go up against state laws.  Long before Wisconsin became home to the large Amish communities of today, there were much smaller populations in the state.  This group challenged federal laws about private schooling and won in the landmark Supreme Court case Yoder vs. Wisconsin. This case allows the Amish to this day to educate their children only through grade eight.   Less landmark, but equally vexing to authorities, is today's Amish resistance to following local laws in regard to farm registration.  As the Amish move to more and more new areas I think we are seeing an increase in these church-state clashes. Some more conservative Amish are contemplating a move to Venezuela to escape our government...yea, move to Hugo Chavez's kingdom, THAT makes perfect sense! (insert sarcasm)

Meanwhile, this is a fun article from Grit Magazine. Grit has been around for a long time.  Wasn't it often sold by Boy Scouts as a fund-raiser years ago?  Maybe some of our older visitors here can tell us more about Grit.  I know it's still sold in bookstores.  Anyway, Grit has an interesting feature about Shoofly Pie and it's history.  The article offers plausible reasons for how shoofly got its name plus some recipes for shoofly and other pies.  The article features a recipe for raisin pie, vanilla pie, and "tears on your pillow" pie. As the article points out, there are plenty of possible stories about how shoofly got it's name, but how the heck did a pie become named "Tears On Your Pillow?"  Sounds like a song title, but I first was served this pie at Lovina's mom's years ago.  She told me the name but just shrugged when I asked her why it was called that?  Does anyone know?


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Re: Wisconsin Amish; Grit & Pies

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

I found a quote from someone on the internet re: how the pie got it's name: "The reason it is called Tears on My Pillow is that when baking it puffs up nice and big and then collapses during set up time."

My guess was homesick kids crying in their bed at night, dreaming of their mother's pie.  How corny, right? Wink

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